Sutra of Golden Light Puja
May01

Sutra of Golden Light Puja

 Devotional text based on the Sutra of Golden Light.     1. WORSHIP AND HOMAGE I worship the Buddhas, Who are like oceans of virtues, Mountains gleaming with the colour of gold, Like Sumeru, the King of Mountains. Even with hundreds of voices, In a thousand aeons, The Buddhas virtues cannot be told; For the Conquerors qualities are supreme: They are all-encompassing and without number. The virtues of a single Buddha, Can never be told. Each Buddha is golden, Shining like pure gold. He has fine eyes, Pure and faultless like sapphire. His shapely limbs are as pure gold And his body shines With all the marks of excellence. The Buddha is a blazing fountain Of glory, splendor and renown. He is a Buddha-sun, Removing the darkness of the three realms With his rays of compassion. He sooths the tortured minds Of those consumed By the fire of the impurities With the sage’s meshes of moonbeams. Homage to the Buddha, Whose Enlightenment is pure, Who is eloquent in the pure Dharma, Who is free from all evil ways, Who has pure understanding of life’s true nature! How endless is the Buddha’s glory, Who is a bringer of joy, A bringer of good, A bringer of blessing, The source of every inconceivable blessing.     2. GOING FOR REFUGE AND GREAT ASPIRATION With my head I bow down to all the Buddhas. Now and for ever, I go for refuge To all the Buddhas. I will worship the Buddhas In the ten directions. I will deliver from all woe, All beings throughout space. I will establish in the tenth stage All the inconceivably many beings. May they then become Tathagatas. I will follow the Bodhisattva career For millions of aeons For the sake of every single being Until every one is delivered From the ocean of woe. I will make shine the Buddha-qualities. I will cross over from the ocean of existence. And I will fill the flood of the Buddha-sea, The deep ocean of virtues and omniscience, With inconceivable Buddha-qualities. May I become an excellent Buddha With hundreds of thousands of samadhis, With inconceivable mantras, With all the powers and virtues Of Supreme Enlightenment.     Refuges and Precepts Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Sangham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami     Ten Precepts Panatipata Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Adinnadana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Kamesu Micchacara Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Musavada Veramani...

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Refuge Puja
Feb15

Refuge Puja

 Devotional text focusing on Going for Refuge within the Triratna Buddhist Community.     A Buddha has arisen in this world! The Path to the Deathless is open! The true Sangha can yet be found Amongst mankind!   My own kind teacher Has brought the Three Jewels Even to me! Burning through the ages, The Dharma’s flame, Has lit the hearts of millions. Burning in that fire Many have attained The highest wisdom. Through their inspiration The flame of the Dharma Burns brightly now Even for me.   My gratitude overflows To the Buddha, To the great teacher Who taught the end of suffering In the bliss of understanding. I worship him with all I have. I offer him now These few flowers, This incense and these candles; Let them stand For all I will give. In gratitude to you, Oh Great Shakyamuni, I will make your name known Throughout the world. I will build countless temples, Shining with beauty, Where your gracious image Shall be enthroned, Where constant worship Shall be paid to you. In gratitude to you I shall bring to every land The pure essential Dharma. I shall make the sacred scriptures known In every human tongue. I shall myself expound Your wondrous teaching In beautiful, inviting words Which all may understand, Clearly expressing, Dharma’s true meaning. In gratitude to you I shall create Communities of friends, Devotees of the truth, Who together shall fulfil Your ideal of Sangha. Through my efforts, All mankind shall live In sight of the spiritual community, Able to unite with it When they wish. All this I shall do Out of wonder and gratitude For all you have given To all mankind, Even to me. You are the supreme one, To whom all life leads. For you have attained Life’s final meaning. You have all goodness, All truth and all love, Yes, all supreme virtues Are effortlessly yours. My life’s fulfilment Is found only in you. And all I can give you Is all that I am. My life from this moment Is an offering to you. Take it, Oh take it! Great Hero, please take it, All that I am I give now to you.     GRATITUDE TO OUR TEACHERS The Dharma has come even to me! How wonderful! A path has been opened Which I too can follow. My own precious teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, You have made it possible Even for me To follow the Buddha and his Dharma. My teacher, You have made the path so clear. You have created the Sangha Which I too can join. How wonderful! In gratitude to you I will do...

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Bodhicaryavatara Puja
Feb08

Bodhicaryavatara Puja

Image: Parinirvana Buddha, painted by Mahabodhi. Birmingham Buddhist Centre.     Devotional text derived from the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva.     WORSHIP In order to bring about the arising Of that precious jewel of the mind, The Bodhicitta, I offer worship to the Buddhas, And to the flawless jewel of the True Dharma, And to the sons of the Buddha, Who are oceans of virtue. I offer to them now As many flowers and fruits as there are in the world, As many healing herbs, As many jewels, And all waters, clear and refreshing. I offer mountains made of precious stones, And forest groves to be enjoyed in solitude, Vines blazing with flowers, And trees whose branches bend low With delicious fruit. I offer fragrances of the celestial realms, The wishing tree with fruits of jewels, Pools and lakes adorned with lotuses, And the endlessly fascinating cry of wild geese. I offer rich harvests, Both wild and those sown by men. I offer everything that can adorn Those worthy of worship, And I offer everything which no-one owns Within the limitless spheres of space. Conjuring all these in my imagination, I offer them to the incomparable sages And to their sons. Oh Compassionate ones, You who are worthy of the choicest gifts, Think kindly of me And accept these offerings of mine. Having no merit, I am destitute, And I have nothing else to offer. Oh Protectors, You who think only of helping others, Accept these for my sake. And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, And to their sons. Take possession of me, Oh Sublime Beings, In devotion I offer myself as your slave. Having become your possession I have nothing more to fear in existence; I act only for the welfare of all; I shall completely transcend my previous evils; And in the future shall commit no more. As your servant I shall bathe you In sweetly scented bathing chambers, Delighting the eye with pillars ablaze with gems, With brilliantly sparkling crystal floors, And with canopies above aglow with pearls. I myself shall prepare jeweled ewers Filled with water scented with fragrant flowers, And there let the Buddhas and their sons bathe, To the sound of singing to lovely instruments. With the finest cloths, fragrant and spotless, I will dry their bodies. Then let me offer them choice robes, Well-scented and dyed in beautiful hues. With celestial garments, Smooth and soft to the touch, Of many colours and beautifully ornamented, I adorn the Aryas Samantabhadra and Ajita, Manjughosa, Lokesvara and all the Great Ones. With the choicest perfumes Whose fragrance permeates the universe, I will anoint...

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The Dedication Ceremony
Jan06

The Dedication Ceremony

As used in Triratna Centres or at the beginning of a retreat or event, particularly to ‘consecrate’ a new venue.   We dedicate this place to the Three Jewels: To the Buddha, the Ideal of Enlightenment to which we aspire; To the Dharma, the Path of the Teaching which we follow; To the Sangha, the spiritual fellowship with one another which we enjoy.   Here may no idle word be spoken; Here may no unquiet thought disturb our minds. To the observance of the Five Precepts We dedicate this place; To the practice of meditation We dedicate this place; To the development of wisdom We dedicate this place; To the attainment of Enlightenment We dedicate this place.   Though in the world outside there is strife Here may there be peace; Though in the world outside there is hate Here may there be love; Though in the world outside there is grief Here may there be joy.   Not by the chanting of the sacred Scriptures, Not by the sprinkling of holy water, But by own efforts towards Enlightenment We dedicate this place.   Around this Mandala, this sacred spot, May the lotus petals of purity open; Around this Mandala, this sacred spot, May the vajra-wall of determination extend; Around this Mandala, this sacred spot, May the flames that transmute Samsara into Nirvana arise.   Here seated, here practising, May our mind become Buddha, May our thought become Dharma, May our communication with one another be Sangha.   For the happiness of all beings, For the benefit of all beings, With body, speech, and mind, We dedicate this...

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Aksobhya Puja
Sep12

Aksobhya Puja

Worship     Homage to Akshobhya, Vajra of what is, Reflecting everything, Signless you sit, Radiating immense love and strength.   Homage to Akshobhya, You see what is seen, Hear what is heard, Feel what is felt, In the vastness of unimpeded space.   Homage to Akshobhya, Dwelling calmly, In the empty nature of everything, Blissful, peaceful, Completely without attachment.   Homage to Akshobhya, Fearless one, Dwelling on the dynamic edge of experience, Dwelling in the heart of love.   Homage to Akshobhya, Breaking through obstacles, Playful and joyful Vajra holder, Dancing in emptiness.   Homage to Akshobhya, Steadiness, solidity, strength, He touches earth, He is rooted. Perfect equanimity, Unshakeable stability.   MANTRA AND OFFERINGS: OM VAJRA AKSHOBHYA HUM   Invocation   Akshobhya, Deep celestial blue, Sitting at the pillar of Dawn, Dwelling in the mystic east, Where the sun’s light rises from the earth, The Place of beginnings.   Akshobhya, Sitting on the diamond throne, The threshold between worlds, The centre of the universe, Where the heart is fully open, Nothing held in, Nothing excluded, All is truth here.   Looking into Akshobhya’s eyes, Complete authenticity, All we are, mirrored clearly In those calm eyes. Doing nothing, In the Stillness of reflection, We meet Akshobhya.   Akshobhya, Forms a mirage, a dream, The moon reflected in water. Looking inward to mind, Everything appearing, Yet without substance. Appearances, Evanescent as mist.   Akshobhya, Holding the vajra, Vajra being, Empty nature, Vajra being, Dancing in freedom Vajra being, The playful and spontaneous.   Akshobhya, The water that flows, Stream of knowledge, Rushing and refreshing.   Akshobhya, Moving in our blood, Our life, Our vitality, Flowing into the Ocean of Wisdom.   Akshobhya, Vibrating, Shimmering, In Radiant Blueness. The sky sings your name In space. Through emptiness, A blue voice, A colour of sound, The electric pulse of touch.   Akshobhya, With your consort Locana, The clear seeing one. She is light blue, Holding the vajra to her heart. She is serenity, Her long black hair flowing down. She is beautiful, and calm. Wisdom goddess inseparable.   Akshobhya, In your eyes, Deep sapphire fires, Stare into hers, With boundless love.   Akshobhya, Rising sun that dispels ignorance. Touching earth, The vajra strikes the earth. The king has come, The land is fruitful, Earth made firm, The gift received, The way opened, The goddess rises to Witness. Here Fruition, Here Completion, Above, And Below, Everywhere.     In Akshobhya’s presence, We enter the gates of truth, We enter the Mandala of Awakening.   Completion   EMAHO! In the clearness of mind, Self cannot confirm itself, And the unshakeable compassion Of Bodhicitta, Bursts forth....

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